Style: Black Metal |
Year of birth: 1994
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Biography of Band
|Keep of Kalessin spawned back in 1994, under the name Ildskjaer, by hand of Ghash and Obsidian C. , later joined by Vyl and Warach. The band´s violent yet dark and epic Black metal as well as the somewhat mysterious monicker and lyrics, are inspired by the work of fantasy of the American writer U. Le Guin ´The Earthsea Quartet´. With this concept in mind, the guys recorded the first demo ´ Skygger av sorg´ in the Fall of 1996, though several problems in finding a proper rehearsal room made this task rather difficult and as a matter of fact the lack of practice resulted in an untight performance on tape and a consequent limited spreading of it. Only some ten labels and magazines received it and the response was surprisingly positive, gracing the band with a contract from Italy's Avantgarde Music. The debut album ´Through times of war´ was recorded in summer 1997 in Brygga studios, Trondheim and presented the band with a crystal clear yet heavy production on some ear-blasting music which has been often compared to Mayhem's opus ´De mysteriis´. A couple of years later, after some pretty successful gigs played around Norway together with Bloodthorn, the quartet returned with ´Agnen. A journey through the dark´, again recorded in the much appreciated Brygga studio. With this second album the band actually took much distance from the now trendy Norwegian Black metal style, picking up influences from the Thrash and Death metal genres thus establishing a rather Swedish oriented sound. But the guys did not forget their roots and therefore they took part in the much anticipated Mayhem tribute album released by Avantgarde itself. Their superb interpretation of ´Buried by Time and Dust´ put them right up there with the likes of Emperor, Gorgoroth, Dark Funeral, just to name a few of the top class bands also appeared on this ambitious project.
In the year 2000 the line-up split due to personal reasons, but guitarist and songwriter Obsidian C. wouldn't let that stop him. He continued to make Kalessin-style music and developed his own style even more. This ultra-fast, brutal and yet melodic style needed a drummer, but in the small town of Trondheim he was unable to find one that could keep up with his riffing. Almost three years would pass and then he was offered the job in Satyricon after he had auditioned and played the ass off some 30 other guitarists from all over the world who had applied for the job. As soon as he was a part of Satyricon he was also in contact with one of black metal´s fastest and most brutal drummers, Frost! Frost heard the new Keep Of Kalessin material and immediately said yes when Obsidian C. asked him to do the drumming on his new MCD. Touring with Satyricon also made it possible for Obsidian C. to recruit the legendary Attila Csihar who did the vocals on Mayhem´s ´De Mysteriis dom Sathanas´.
Members of Keep Of Kalessin
| Current Members:|
A. O. Gronbech (Obsidian Claw) (Founder). In Band at: 1994 - . Role: Composer, Guitars, Synth, backing vocals
Side projects: Satyricon, Headspin, Bloodthorn
Attila Csihar. Role: Additional vocals
Side projects: Anaal Nathrakh, Mayhem, Finnugor, Aborym, Tormentor, Korog, Plasma Pool, Kaos Logic, Northpole
Vegard Larsen (Vyl). In Band at: 2005 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: Subliritum, Chton
Wizziac. In Band at: 2005 - . Role: Bass
Kjetil Vidar Haraldstad (Frost). Role: Drums
Side projects: Satyricon, Gorgoroth, 1349, Zyklon-B
Ghash (Founder). Period: 1994 - 2000. Role: Vocals
Øyvind Westrum (Warach). Period: 1994 - 2000. Role: Bass
Tor-Helge Skei (Cernunnus) (Guest). Role: Live Rythm Guitar
Side projects: Atrox, Manes
Kesh (Guest). Role: Live Bass
|Demo: Skygger av sorg (1995) Tracklist.|
Comment: The lyrics for "Ruiner av en krig" was somewhat rewritten and the songtitle changed to "Den siste krig" on the debut album. Also lyrics for "Skygger av sorg II" was changed and songtitle changed to "Nectarous Red" on the debut album.
CD: Through times of war (1997) Studio: Brygga. Tracklist.
Comment: During the pressing there was a mistake done in the songtitle of track 7. On the album it's written "Nectarious Red", but the song is in fact called "Nectarous Red".
CD: Agnen. A journey through the dark (1999) Studio: Brygga. Tracklist.
Comment: Once again there was alot of bullshit happening during pressing of the discs!
This time the tracklisting in the cover was completely out of place compared to what was recorded on the actual CD. Above you can see the correct tracklisting that you can hear on the album
MCD: Reclaim (2003) Tracklist.
CD: ArmadA (2006) Studio: GODT SELSKAP. Tracklist.
Lineup: OBSIDIAN C., THEBON, WIZZIAC, VYL
ALL MUSIC WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY OBSIDIAN C.
WORDS BY TORSTEIN PARELIUS. LYRICAL ARRANGEMENTS BY OBSIDIAN C. AND THEBON.
KEYBOARDS BY HAAKON-MARIUS PETTERSEN. ADDITIONAL KEYBOARDS BY OBSIDIAN C.
PERCUSSION ON "THE BLACK UNCHARTED" BY ALESSANDRO ELIDE AND VYL.
FEMALE VOCALS ON "THE BLACK UNCHARTED" BY KINE C. NILSEN. ADDITIONAL VOCALS ON "INTO THE FIRE" BY OBSIDIAN C.
GUEST VOCALS ON "MANY ARE WE" BY TERJE OLSEN.
RECORDED DURING 2005/JANUARY 2006.
PRODUCED BY RUNE STAVNESLI AND OBSIDIAN C. MIXED BY RUNE STAVNESLI.
MASTERED AT STRYPE AUDIO BY TOM KVALSVOLL.
COVER ARTWORK BY THETERJE.NET
BAND PHOTO: STEIN RINE KJUUL
KEEP OF KALESSIN OUTFITS BY DEARG DUE FASHION
OBSIDIAN C. EXCLUSIVELY USES ESP GUITARS, PEAVY AMPLIFIERS AND MYPRO WIRELESS SYSTEMS.